Nifra ‎– Ready

Coldharbour Recordings ‎– CLHR045
3 × File, MP3, 320 kbps

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1 Ready (Original Mix) 8:29
2 Ready (Randy Boyer & Eric Tadla Mix)
Remix – Randy Boyer & Eric Tadla
3 Ready (Robert Nickson Remix)
Remix – Robert Nickson

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CLHR045 Nifra Ready(CDr, Single) Coldharbour Recordings CLHR045 Netherlands 2008 Sell This Version
CLHR045 Nifra Ready(3xFile, FLAC) Coldharbour Recordings CLHR045 Netherlands 2008



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October 20, 2008
The original is bland; exactly the kind of trance I despise Markus Shulz for playing and releasing. Nicely melodic, but with little energy and groove to back it up. The percussion is extremely weak, leaving the track feeling very "floaty", rather than driving. However, that's not to say that all tracks need to be hard-hitting, but a bit of percussion would be nice to keep things interesting.

The bass line is flat out boring, doesn't really "work" with the track, and thus becomes monotonous quickly, which leaves listeners with a kick drum, clapper and the melody to entertain them. The melody is nice and "trancey" in itself, but also dreadfully generic, leaving very little to continue with.

Using an old adage, "you can polish a turd..." and this has been polished immaculately. Well produced, it has employed great mastering and clean sounds, maybe by Nifra, maybe not, who cares. It's rubbish.

Next up are Randy Boyer and Eric Tadla, who I still admire for their remix of Imogen Heap's "Hide & Seek" (rest in peace Eric). Thankfully, they've done away with the original bass line and replaced it with something a little more appropriate, adding a bit more energy and blending the line to make it less noticeable, which really grinds in the original. Adding some more interesting pads was also a good option, though the long, long breakdown at the start of the track is annoying. Overall, a passable track, but really very generic, not one that anyone will remember in a year.

Lastly comes Robert Nickson, creator of the brilliant track "Spiral" back in 2004. Nickson's sensibilities are quickly revealed, as he is the only person on the release to have bothered with any decent kind of percussion, injecting some nice hi-hats. Additionally, he's added a very subtle acid line, similar to that in "Spiral", meaning the track is interesting for more than one minute, unlike the first two. An overly large kick-drum is a bit off-putting though, as it drowns out the other elements in the track.

Nickson's effort is quite obviously the pick of the release, but still falls down in the end due to an overly drawn out breakdown, and a nice but extremely repetitive hook, which really grates towards the end. Additionally, the usage of effects is lazy. The main build, arguably the "focus" of each track in modern epic trance, features the same hook repeating over and over, a kick drum roll, bass drop, and then the same hook continuing; very uninspiring. This one could have been very promising with a bit more effort and ingenuity, but just fails to hit the mark.